Author Archives: Paul Ndiho

Empowering Girls And Women In STEM Education

In Ghana, many young girls and women show great interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprising, the under-representation of women in STEM fields persists across the country.
A female lead organization, Yielding Accomplished African Women, promotes women’s participation in STEM and fosters the largest community of African female developers and financial analysts in the country.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Diana Wilson, CEO/Founder, Yielding Accomplished African Women, in New York.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOME-OWNERSHIP FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Uganda boasts nearly 47.4 million people, according to the latest United Nations data. But perhaps not surprising is that there is a housing shortage estimated at over 2.4 million units. Now, Anne Rweyora, a Ugandan social entrepreneur, is on a mission to change that narrative and provide a pathway to home ownership for low-income families.For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Anne Rweyora, Co-Founder and CEO of Smart Havens Africa, based in Kampala, Uganda.

BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN MALAWI’S RURAL SCHOOLS

Using feature phones and homemade wooden tablets brings a new meaning to E-learning and perhaps bridging the digital divide that affects most rural Malawi. Thanks to the genius of Sam Masikini, an app developer who has designed an offline mobile learning app, “Inspire,” to make e-learning more widely accessible for schools in remote villages. Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Sam Masikini, Technical lead, Inspire-learn team in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Zambian Innovator Arnold Nyendwa

At 23 years old, Arnold Nyendwa is a Zambian multi-award-winning inventor – who is already making headlines internationally, perhaps for a good reason.
Inspired by circumstances surrounding his community, for example, unreliable electricity power supply, he set out on a mission to invent Zambia’s first stainless-steel stove that uses gas, electricity, and solid fuel.

For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Arnold Nyendwa, Founder/CEO; Venturus Jumpstart Ltd, a Stainless-Steel Tech company based in Lusaka, Zambia.

Jumia Uganda Taking the lead in-online Sales

According to a policy statement released by the Bank of Uganda, the second wave of COVID-19 appears to have hit the economy severely and reduced prospects for a quick recovery.
However, Access to the internet, a growing middle class, and the changing shopping habits due to the coronavirus pandemic have led to the rise of e-commerce businesses and a surge in online sales.
For more perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Ron Kawamara, CEO, Jumia, in Kampala, Uganda.

A SURGE IN ONLINE SALES IN NIGERIA

According to business analysts, the coronavirus pandemic fueled an online shopping boom in Nigeria that resulted in e-commerce sales rising to nearly 66 percent.
VOA’s Paul Ndiho via skype to Paul Orajiaka, CEO of Auldon Toys – a leading manufacturer of African themed toys “unity girl dolls,” in perhaps one of the largest and busiest open-air markets in Africa called Idumota, located on Lagos Island. He talks about how online sales have boosted his business.

USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO RECRUIT NEW TALENT

Africa has a unique opportunity to develop its competitiveness through artificial intelligence (AI), according to a report released recently by International Research Centre for AI – Under the auspices of UNESCO.
In Tunisia, FabSkill, a Tunis-based artificial intelligence startup using AI to recruit new talent for companies worldwide, gives traditional web recruitment platforms a run for their money.
Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Bechir Afifi, CEO of Fabskill.

Oribags Innovations Uganda

It’s not uncommon to see people carry paper bags to schools, offices, and to and from retail and grocery stores. But, perhaps, you could argue that it’s a new trend because they are 100% recyclable.
In Uganda, Ori-bags Innovations Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of Eco-friendly paper bags, is turning various forms of waste into valuable products.
For more, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Rusia Orikiriza, CEO, Oribags Innovations, Ltd in Kampala, Uganda.

MAKING IT IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY

African fashion Labels are flourishing, with many young, emerging designers breaking into the global market. However, despite this upward trend, many African fashion brands struggle to get the proper media placement or connections to help them achieve their dreams.

Well, for more perspective, Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Busie Matsiko-Andan, a Global Strategist and serial entrepreneur based in New York City.

TEACHING YOUNG PEOPLE HOW TO CODE in GHANA

Computer programing skills are seen by many to earn a decent income. But for Afia Owusu- Forfie, founder and executive director, Coders Who Travel, it’s empowering young people with computer or mathematical programming skills to meet the global demand for software developers.
Africa 54’s Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke Afia Owusu- Forfie, founder and executive director, Coders Who Travel, in the US State of Virginia.

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